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[awr-neyt] /ɔrˈneɪt/
elaborately or sumptuously adorned, often excessively or showily so:
They bought an ornate Louis XIV sofa.
embellished with rhetoric; florid or high-flown:
an ornate style of writing.
Origin of ornate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin ornātus well-equipped, adorned, orig. past participle of ornāre to equip; see -ate1
Related forms
ornately, adverb
ornateness, noun
unornate, adjective
unornately, adverb
unornateness, noun
1. showy, ostentatious; rich, lavish. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ornately
  • ornately dressed horses rival their riders' splendor.
  • Females are generally larger than males, but males are more ornately colored, ranging from dark green to lime-colored.
  • Its magnificently decorated houses have painted facades and ornately carved gables.
  • Standing beside her obese and ornately decorated husband, the queen looked tiny and fragile.
  • The hotels in these foodie towns range from a chain airport hotel to an ornately decorated small luxury hotel.
  • The cathedral is famous for its ornately carved columns.
  • Guests may order ornately decorated cupcakes for weddings and parties.
  • Exposed brick walls, ornately tiled floors and over-sized upholstered chairs grace the interior.
  • Inside, ornately-painted floral motifs grace its ceilings and walls.
  • The restaurant features a casual setting complete with ornately tiled floors, mirrored walls and sidewalk patio dining.
British Dictionary definitions for ornately


heavily or elaborately decorated
(of style in writing) overembellished; flowery
Derived Forms
ornately, adverb
ornateness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ornāre to decorate
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Word Origin and History for ornately



early 15c., from Latin ornatus "fitted out, furnished, supplied; adorned, decorated, embellished," past participle of ornare "adorn, fit out," from stem of ordo "order" (see order (n.)). Earliest reference is to literary style. Related: Ornately; ornateness.

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